Families pull children from California school that forced transgender lesson on 5-year-olds

Forty-one families have pulled 73 children from the elite Sacramento-area Rocklin Academy charter schools as the board continues to defend a kindergarten transgender lesson several parents say traumatized their 5-year-olds and that parents weren’t told about beforehand. A mother who pulled her son … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Mary Star of the Sea Address 870 W. Eighth Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone number (310) 833-3541 Website www.marystar.org Mass Schedule Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Spanish), noon, 1:30 p.m. (Croatian), 4 p.m. … [Read More...]

Knowing the basics

Often it is the converts to Catholicism that make the best Catholic apologists. Most “cradle” Catholics’ religious education consists of elementary instruction and ends at the sacrament of Confirmation. Adult converts have the good fortune to learn the “grownup” version of Catholicism, and have more … [Read More...]

Fraternal invitation to Bishop McElroy and Father Martin

San Diego bishop McElroy recently wrote in defense of Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s work after it became known that Martin was disinvited from several Catholic speaking engagements, in large part due to backlash from multiple Catholic sources expressing concern over Martin’s writing and speaking on … [Read More...]

Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady

In the early 21st century, the list of bioethical conundrums facing humanity is almost infinitely long. Just because we can whip up new human lives in a petri dish, should we? Just because we can extend life almost indefinitely, should we? Just because we can alter a new life’s genetic code to give … [Read More...]

Christ Cathedral construction update

The interior of Christ Cathedral has once again been transformed in appearance as construction continues. Nearly 60 construction crewmembers are working in the space each day. Here’s what’s going on now.   – Massive scaffolding has been erected on the east, west and south balconies  – Cleaning … [Read More...]

‘Putting Christ at the center’

Look for more emphasis on “putting Christ at the center” and a focus on helping Catholic school children understand reverence in the Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic schools. “We talk a lot about putting Christ at the center of what we do. There is no greater way that we put Christ at the … [Read More...]

California school board won’t let kids opt out of transgender lessons

The California charter school board rocked by controversy over a five-year-old boy who transitioned to a “girl” in kindergarten has unanimously voted not to let children opt out of lessons on transgenderism. After a five-hour, highly charged meeting attended by more than 500 people Monday night, … [Read More...]

Pope Francis establishes new theological institute for marriage and family

On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective. The motu proprio, titled “Summa Familiae Cura,” meaning … [Read More...]

San Diego bishop says attacks on Fr. James Martin driven by homophobia

Much of the criticism of Fr James Martin and his book Building a Bridge is part of a “cancer of vilification” in the US Church, a bishop has claimed. Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego said the criticism was often based on “homophobia”, and also served as a “veiled attack” on Pope Francis. Two … [Read More...]

Where to get your animals blessed in Oakland diocese

Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. A tradition to observe his feast day is the blessing of animals. Here are dates and locations of event sponsors that responded to The Catholic Voice's request for information about animal blessings. Pictures of pets and stuffed … [Read More...]

Sex in accord with reason

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and Bonnie Hewlett, anthropologists from Washington State University, found that married Aka and Ngandu men and women … [Read More...]

Los Gatos retreat center closing after 60 years

The Presentation Sisters, who taught widely at schools in the East Bay, including the former Presentation High School in Berkeley, have closed their 272-acre Los Gatos center. In a statement, the Sisters said: "Presentation Center has struggled to maintain fiscal stability while simultaneously … [Read More...]

A save and a turn-around in September

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations … [Read More...]